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Commissioning the building

A special fire inspection is carried out by the Building Control before the commissioning inspection. Before the special fire inspection, it should be ensured that the work has progressed far enough for the inspection to be carried out. For example, the verification inspection of an automatic fire alarm system by the inspection department and the commissioning inspection of the automatic fire extinguishing system should be carried out and approved before the special fire inspection, and the smoke vents should be both installed and tested.

Checklist for a special fire inspection

The list below has some of the most common issues gone through during a special fire inspection. In addition to them, factors related to the location’s special features should be noted, such as the storage of flammable liquids or the highest allowable number of people in certain meeting premises.

  • The building permit and the possible fire safety plan have been read, plans have been followed and the documents are available at the worksite.
  • A commissioning inspection carried out by the inspection department has been performed for the automatic fire alarm system and the automatic extinguishing system.
  • The fire alarm / smoke alarm system has been installed and its functionality has been tested.
  • The smoke ventilation system has been installed in accordance with the plans and has been tested. The manual triggering device for the smoke ventilation has been marked and the smoke ventilation centre has a clear triggering pattern.
  • An IV emergency stop button has been installed and marked.
  • The lighting for the emergency exit routes is in place and the system’s battery has been tested. The doors on the emergency exit route can be opened without any keys.
  • The internal surfaces fulfil the surface layer criteria set for them.
  • If a requirement concerning the flammability category of the fixtures has been set for the locations (for example, restaurants and care facilities), there must be a report available for the flammability classes of the used fixtures.
  • The first-aid extinguishing equipment has been installed, fire hose reels have been tested and the first-aid extinguishing equipment has been marked as appropriate.
  • The fire compartmenting structures have been made according to the plans and the fire stops have been made.
  • If non-type-approved fire doors or fire windows have been used in the location, they have been approved of by the building control authorities.
  • The building’s address signs and, if necessary, a signboard, are in place.
  • The driving routes of the emergency access road and the lifting locations are in good condition and have been marked.
  • A leak test has been carried out for the civil defence shelter.

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